A loan of $1,050 helped to buy manure and fertilizer for her coffee crop.

Maria Lucinda's story

Maria is a 28-year-old woman. She is a fighter with a great desire to get ahead. She is married and is the mother of 3 children who are in different grades at primary school. She did not complete any level of education because her parents were poor and could not help her. They taught her to work the land when she was very young because they had traditionally worked at this activity. She has a great deal of experience as she has worked growing coffee for more than 8 years. The land that she cultivates together with her husband is their own, and was inherited from her parents-in-law. The land is located 100 meters from her house and she goes there daily on foot. Maria is requesting a loan to buy manure and fertilizer for her coffee crop, because with these products she can guarantee her harvest and avoid it being infected by pests and diseases such as blight. Her dream is to make her crop more productive because this is how she will ensure her children's future, by saving money for their education so that they will have a better lifestyle and better incomes once they graduate from university.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Lorna Gladman

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